Your Ideal Cruise

We have many members here, and for every 5 members there are probably 7 different answers to this question:

What is your ideal cruise? Heavy on the sea days, or lots of different ports? Huge (3500+ passengers), Large (2000 - 3500), medium (1000 - 2000) or small (less than 1000) ships? Long journey or short hop? Money doesn't matter or every penny counts? One way or round trip? And anything else you can think of.

For me, I would really like to try a round-trip trans-atlantic -- from the US east coast, port in France, Spain and UK and then return. Plenty of sea days, and a total of about 20 days. Not too luxurious (money is a bit limited) but not bargain basement either. Shipboard activities should be there (not a retirement cruise), so something along the lines of RCL. Large or possibly medium size. And definitely in a balcony cabin.

How about you?

13 Answers

I prefer a medium to large ship, a few sea days, and 10+ days.

For us, Monique and I, ideal would be 20 to 25 days. Mid size Princess ships like the Island or Coral. A good mix of sea days and Ports. Budget will be what it is as some itineraries cost more than others. We did the Panama Canal on 2011 and plan on doing it again 2018. I'm not quite ready to hit Europe yet. However, when I do it will be on River cruises.

I am looking forward to more trips that return or leave from Vancouver B.C, Canada, and not going only to Alaska.

Medium-sized ship, 7-10 days. I would enjoy a port heavy trip through Eastern Canada. There are so many flavors of Canada and a specialized itinerary would be enjoyable.

Would also enjoy a Great Lakes cruise & have priced them...have to empty your 401K for that crazy idea!

If we are talking what I can afford currently... large ship to XL with plenty of activities, pools and bars to hang by. I would do a nice 10 day cruise, splurge for the balcony with about even port/sea days...

DREAM/BUCKET LIST cruise... well we are talking a suite, with a transatlantic or repositioning cruise that visits preferably the Mediterranean area or Australia on a larger ship with a good spa, and plenty of activities for the sea days....

Ahhh being a dreamer....

For me Ideal would be about 32 days or longer B2B2B. Start off with 7 day, the last cruise of the Caribbean season out of Florida, stay on the ship for the 14 day transatlantic re-positioning to Rome, stay on for the first 10 day cruise of the season doing the Greek Islands and then spend a week in Rome. It will be a mix of sea and port days with 6 sea days in a row for the transatlantic portion.

For the ship I would prefer a Celebrity Solstice Class ship (about 130 tons), Large ship but lots of space per person, great lecture's and entertainment and good food since it is Celebrity. I would be fine with one of the balcony cabins on the angle of the ship so it is an extra large balcony with lounge chairs.

For my dream cruise..... a 120 day world cruise in a Queens Grill suite (about 2,000 aq ft) on the QM2. Starting in London and finishing in London. I'd then spend a week in London after the cruise to visit friends. But were talking big bucks for that so it is just a dream.

Any cruise is an ideal cruise but if we must get picky then ..... Ideal would be 10 - 21 days on a smaller side of the large scale so 2000 - 2600. A nice mix of sea and port days. So 2 sea days at the start and finish and 1 sea day in between every 2 or 3 port days just to catch a breather. A round trip from the US NE works well. Oh yes, must have a balcony. Sorry, I am spoiled in that regard.

For our trip in 2018 through the Canal, we will book a balcony. I will be the first balcony I've done and I have been told I will be spoiled by it. We shall see.

Rebel. You could take a repositioning cruise (they're inexpensive) in the Spring to Europe with some of the ports you want to go to and then the QMII for a return. I can't think of any other line that makes regular trans-Atlantic crossings. You probably wouldn't need a balcony on the return as the Atlantic is rather cold that time of the year. Or, you could do it in the reverse in the Fall.

Thanks for the idea, but price and time are against me at this time for anything more than 14 days total away from the house.

Hopefully in 1, 050 days this will change for the betterBig Smile

Im doing this one in 2018 with Royal....not a dream anymore but a dream com true.

17 nights

Ship Name: Radiance Of The Seas
Departure Port: Sydney, Australia
Ports of Call: Sydney, Australia; Picton, New Zealand; Wellington, New Zealand; International Dateline; Papeete, Tahiti French Polynesia; Bora Bora, French Polynesia; Honolulu (Oahu), Hawaii
2018 Date(s): 17 Apr


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